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MARTINU, B.: Songs, Vol. 1 - A Wreath of Carnations (Wallingerova, Koukl)

Composer(s):Martinu, Bohuslav
Artist(s) Wallingerova, Jana, mezzo-soprano • Koukl, Giorgio, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.572588
Label Naxos
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Vocal music comprised around a quarter of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů’s extensive output, no fewer than 27 songs dating from 1912 alone, and much of it remaining unpublished during his lifetime. Many of these set texts drawn from Czech folk sources and poetry, though old Spanish, German, English and French poetry—sometimes translated into Czech—are also to be found. While echoes of Brahms, Dvořák and Schubert may be heard, Martinů’s own style emerges surprisingly early in his career. Young Czech mezzo-soprano Jana Wallingerová, praised as ‘splendid’ (Der Neue Merker) and for her ‘full voice brimming with feeling’ and ‘brilliant technique’ (Hospodářské ), joins pianist Giorgio Koukl, whose Naxos recordings of Martinů’s piano music have gained the highest praise.

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Review By Byzantion ,MusicWeb International,July 2011

Naxos have been good to Bohuslav Martinu: Giorgio Koukl has recorded his complete solo piano music in seven volumes and his five piano concertos in two; the Martinu Quartet have recorded his seven string quartets on three discs; Arthur Fagen and the Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra have recorded the six symphonies on three more; and Naxos have published seven other discs of chamber music, plus one of choral (The Epic of Gilgamesh).


 

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